1st of Advent

It’s time for my favorite season of the year once again. 🙂 I love the whole month of December. We’ve had a very busy 1st of Advent weekend full of family activites.

The weekend started with a little birthday party for Charlie. He turned two a few days ago but we couldn’t attend the party. He got a big box filled with a building blocks. They resemble Lego a little bit but are for younger children who can’t use Lego just yet.

Charlie opening his gift.
Charlie opening his gift.

Our Saturday continued with baking gingerbread cookies with my family. Not sure how many years we’ve done it now but it must be somewhere around 30 years. Minus the years I lived in the US of course.

My father and brother "in action".
My father and brother “in action”.
My mother and hubby was in charge of the oven while the rest of us baked.
My mother and hubby was in charge of the oven while the rest of us baked.

This year I wanted to start a new tradition. I thought it could be fun to eat rice porridge on our gingerbread baking day. Hubby made the rice porridge from scratch. It tastes so much better then the pre made rice porridge found in the grocery stores. Takes longer time to make but it’s so worth it! He made 10 portions of rice porridge so now we have two dinners in the freezer too!

Rice porridge with cinnamon and sugar.
Rice porridge with cinnamon and sugar.

On 1st of Advent we always attend a Christmas market. This year we decided to visit the Christmas market at the Royal Stables. Never been there before so it was fun to see a new place. The market was divided into smaller areas in different parts of the stables. The area where they sold food was so crowded it was no fun at all to be there. The area where the craftsmen where located was a little bit better and easier to walk between the different tables. We found plenty of nice things we could have bought but as we’re moving next year we decided to wait and buy some things next Christmas season. I got business cards from several places so I will remember the businesses. I bought an angel made of wool and hubby found Swedish cheesecake. It contained lactose though so he has to eat all three cakes by himself. I’m sure he won’t complain too much though. 🙂

My new beautiful angel.
My new beautiful angel.

I enjoyed visiting a new Christmas market but the one in the Old Town of Stockholm is still my favorite.

This year I decorated my Advent holder with spices. I went to the spice store and bought green cardamom and star anise. It leaves a fantastic scent in the whole apartment. As soon as you walk in through the door the scent of cardamom and star anise greets you. 🙂

Green cardamom and star anise in the Advent holder.
Green cardamom and star anise in the Advent holder.
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